A healthy little offensive outburst and a dominating bullpen performance were the stars on this windy afternoon as the good guys beat the Indians, 5-3, in front of consecutive sellout crowd #257. Tim Lincecum was fooling no one and the Indians' starter looked strong but a Gregor Blanco pinch hit, as well as contributions from Pence, Pagan and Posey highlighted a thrilling comeback win.
Start #5 ND (1-1, 5.98) 4.2 innings 9 hits 3 runs 2 earned 2 walks 3 strikeouts 0 hr
Tim Lincecum faced 24 batters and used 98 pitches in his rather short stint. He only got 14 outs. That meant he was putting runners on base at a crazy rate, clearly a recipe for disaster. I've always thought that WHIP was a super useful stat, easy to understand since it SO CLEARLY corresponds to crappy pitching. As Tim demonstrated tonight with an absolutely yucky job.
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A spectacular job by the bull pen once again! Gutierrez, Machi, Affledt and Romo completely slammed the door on the hapless Indians. No hits, a hit batter and one lousy walk in 4.1 innings. That is dominating! I knew they would be good, but who knew they would be the best!
Wasn't it rather amazing how little they cared about Blanco stealing second in the fateful fifth inning? He represented the go ahead run and sure enough, Pence's single brought him home and gave us the lead. There were two outs, so it was a rather bold move. Way to go, Sharkie!
Buster got plugged the next time up after hitting his beautiful homer. Want to bet Vogelsong is going to get some payback tomorrow? Boys will be boys.